Johannesburg - South Africa’s cricketers have not only created history by beating Australia in their back yard in both the test and one-day series over the last two months, but they will have some hefty bank balances for their efforts as well.
Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag reported that the cricketers have received big win bonuses for their exploits Down Under.
According to Tony Irish, chief executive of the SA Cricketers Association, the team earned a win bonus for the one-day series of R550 000 for the team plus R12 000 per team member for each one-day game which was won.
The Test team received around R1 million for their win in the Test series while each team member received R27 000 apiece for their part in the victory.
The big bonuses may be even higher in the year to come because an increase in income from cricket is likely because of the Proteas success.
The memorandum of understanding was set up between Cricket South Africa and the players which makes players partners in CSA and where they can finally share in the profits that they bring in through international competition.
Some of the Proteas are already millionaires because of their participation in the Indian Premier League.
Jacques Kallis for instance, fetched $900 000 per season over three seasons for his contract on the auction. Other players who were bought on the auction include Albie Morkel ($675 000 per season), Herschelle Gibbs ($575 000), Shaun Pollock ($550 000), Graeme Smith ($475 000), Mark Boucher ($450 000), Dale Steyn ($325 000), AB de Villiers ($300 000), Makhaya Ntini ($200 000) and Loots Bosman ($175 000).
Irish said he expects there to be a massive increase in interest from the public in the Test and one day series against Australia in South Africa.
“There are already early signs that the interest has increased drastically among our commercial partners when it comes to tickets for Test matches,” Irish told Sondag.